Howard University Board Approves Massive Changes in Degree Programs: But the Undergraduate Program in Philosophy Is Given New Life

Last October, JBHE reported that Howard University decided to eliminate its bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in philosophy. Richard A. Jones, professor of philosophy at Howard, told JBHE that hundreds of letters were received by the university’s president urging him to continue supporting the study of philosophy at Howard.

Now the university has reconsidered its position and will eliminate only the master’s degree program. Currently, Howard is the only historically black university offering a master’s degree program in philosophy.

Howard announced that it is eliminating or revamping 71 of its 171 undergraduate or graduate degree programs. In addition to the master’s degree program in philosophy, other degree programs that will be eliminated include bachelor’s degree programs in anthropology, classical civilizations, German, and Russian.